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“3rd SATURDAY WORKDAYS”ENJOY THE OUTDOORS! Celebrate our 1st Monthly Prairie Restoration Workday, Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site (*)Sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of NPAT.

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WORK MORNING at White Rock LakeSponsored by North Texas Master NaturalistsSaturday, beginning at 9:30 amMeetup at “Boy Scout Hill” at the…

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Wednesday from 8am-4pm Info on CEU hours, the day’s Agenda and RSVP via this link!

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Past News & Events

“Preserving Family Lands and Rural Heritage” - Nov. 11th

NPAT Houston Chapter meeting - October 26

When: Oct. 26, 2011, 6:30 PM
Location: 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77074 (Click HERE for map)

Agenda:
6:30-7:00 PM – Social – Bring a Snack!

6:30-7:00 PM – Set up Plants for Viewing – Plants will be provided but you may bring additional prairie plants for viewing by others – set-up and labeling is during this time

7:00 – 7:30 – Reports
• Prairie Heritage Day– We need volunteers! Report-Cheryl Sedivec
• CPP/NPAT Conference – Plan to Attend! Report by Susie Doe
• NPAT Membership Meeting Announcement – NPAT’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held during the CPP/NPAT conference - Details will be announced – Report by P. Merkord
• Update on prairie brochure
• Plan for November & December Meetings
• December election of officers

7:30 – 8:15 – How to Recognize Remnant Prairies Part II: Grass & Forb ID
Hands on viewing of Native Prairie Plant Specimens with Tips on ID – specimens will be in groups, some invasives will also be displayed

8:15 – 8:45 “Mystery Plants Contest” – Prizes for Winners
• Reminders for Next Meeting
• Adjourn

8:45-9:00 – Clean Room and Be Out By 9:00 PM!

NPAT Houston Chapter Meeting - Sept. 28th

When: Sept. 28, 2011, 6:30 PM
Where: 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Agenda:

6:30-7:00 PM – Social – Bring a Snack!

7:00 – 7:30 – Reports:

• Prairie Heritage Day – Cheryl Sedivec
• CPP/NPAT Conference – Susie Doe
• NPSOT Conference – Lan Shen

7:30 – 8:45 - Business Meeting:

• Decide on name for brochure: Coastal Prairies: A Guide to the Grasslands of Greater Houston Area (proposed name for guide submitted by Jaime Gonzalez)
• Decide on counties to be canvassed for brochure and significant prairies to include
• Make a list of things to be included in a description for each location
• Ask for Volunteers to Write Descriptions for Nash Prairie, Armand Bayou, San Jacinto Monument, Galveston Island State Park, and Brazos Bend State Park & Bring to next meeting
• Announce Next Meeting: Oct. 26: Program will be: How to Recognize Remnant Prairies Part II: Grass & Forb ID; Will be A Hands On ID Session with actual plants and ends with a “Mystery Plants Contest” (by Pat & Glenn Merkord)
• Any New Business or Reminders
• Adjourn

8:45-9:00 – Clean Room and Be Out By 9:00 PM!

Sign up for the State of the Prairie Conference Now!

JOIN US FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL STATE OF THE PRAIRIE CONFERENCE BUILDING PRAIRIES FROM YOUR BACKYARD TO THE BACK 40 NOVEMBER 18-19 IN HOUSTON!

Coastal Prairie Partnership and Native Prairie Association of Texas are proud to announce the 3rd Annual State of the Prairie Conference to be held in Houston, TX from Nov. 18-19 at the Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center, followed by field trips to prairie remnants all over Houston. Each year this event attracts the sharpest minds in prairie conservation from Texas, Louisiana, and the Midwest to spark lively conversations and provide practical, real-world solutions to restore, conserve, and educate about local prairies for multiple uses.

We’ll have presentations and field experiences that focus on prairies and cattle production, landscaping with prairie natives, ecotourism, biodiversity, prairie wetlands and more. So if you are a rancher, conservationist, landscape architect, educator, naturalist, or just curious about building build prairies in rural or urban areas, this event is for you!

What: 3rd Annual State of the Prairie Conference
When: November 18-19, 2011
Where: Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center - November 18. Various locations around Houston - November 19.
How Much: $50 for indoor session at Houston Zoo (student rate available) on November 18 and $10 - $25 for November 19 Field Experiences.
Registration: Full details and registration available at www.coastalprairiepartnership.org

 

Tandy Hills Litter Stomp and Creek Bed Exploration

Don Young writes:

The 1st Neighborhood FALL LITTER STOMP
Saturday September 17th, 9am to 12pm


We have an amazing opportunity RIGHT NOW because the drought has dried up the creek. That means, we can walk the creek beds (neat!) and clean up the cups, cans and crud that will (when we eventually get rain) be washed all along the creek’s path through THNA and into the Trinity River.


WHEN & WHERE:
Meet at Stratford Park picnic table at 9:00 AM this coming Saturday, September 17. 2288 Chelsea Road @ 4000 Meadowbook Drive. Park on Chelsea Rd.  (Stratford Park is on the eastern border of Tandy Hills)


WHAT:
Spend the morning adventuring and making a difference.
It will be fun, and you’ll see bits of the Natural Area that you have possibly never seen before.


BRING:
The City of Fort Worth is providing Bags, Gloves, and a couple of “Little Grabbers”.
If you have Gloves or Grabbers, you may want to bring them along.


WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
A tee-shirt!
A Certificate of appreciation (woo!)
And a sense of accomplishment on your next visit to Tandy Hills/Stratford Park.


RSVP & ADDITIONAL INFO:
Contact: Jen Schultes
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Official city web page

Travis Country Prairie Campaign Underway! Pledge Your Support Today!

With your help, we can save a remnant prairie in the heart of Austin!

    The Native Prairies Association of Texas has launched a pledge campaign to purchase a 12.45 acre remnant prairie in Travis Country; located in south Austin and one of Austin’s first green developments.  This excellent example of remnant savanna grasslands is currently owned by AISD but is in imminent danger of being sold for development.  Urban representations of this ecosystem are rare and necessary to water quality, habitat, and would provide a great outreach-educational opportunity.  Please help preserve this example of one of the most imperiled ecosystems in Texas!  Click the following link for more information and a printable pledge card:

http://traviscountryprairie.blogspot.com/

NPAT Houston Chapter Meeting - August 24th

Hello Houston Area Prairie Enthusiasts,

Summer vacation is about to come to a close and it is time for our next HNPAT meeting.  Our meeting is the same time and place, August 24th at 6:30PM to 8:30PM, Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TexasJaime Gonzalez will be our guest speaker with important information on how our organization can cooperate and work with the Coastal Prairie Partnership and an update on what this organization is currently doing.  Please come and support efforts in the Houston Area to preserve, restore and educate about our coastal prairies.  There are many important events coming up including the CPP/HNPAT conference in November, the NPSOT conference in Houston and Prairie Heritage Day in November.  Come and find out how you can volunteer and help with these events. 

Remarkable Riparian Summit - Oct. 6th, San Antonio, TX

Where:
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
116 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204
Driving Directions

When:
Thursday, October 6, 2011
9 AM to 4 PM CDT


Mark your calendar to join us for a gathering of passionate riparian people!  The Remarkable Riparian Summit presents a new opportunity to Map the Future for Functional Creeks & Rivers in Texas.

Hosted by the Nueces River Authority (NRA), the Summit will kick off with presentations by the National Riparian Service Team who will focus on the importance and ecological values of riparian resources, share their experience from other states, and provide an overview of the riparian movement shaping up around the country.

Sky Jones-Lewey, NRA’s Resource Protection and Education Director, will highlight the Riparian Landowners’ Network program with an overview of the principles and practices that led to a successful effort in the Nueces River basin.

Following a provided lunch, the afternoon will center on facilitated roundtable discussions that will contribute to the development and growth of a thriving riparian movement in Texas. The resulting ideas, strategies and actions will be compiled in a proceedings document for distribution to agencies, educational institutions, and policy-makers around the state.

The Remarkable Riparian Summit is a free event thanks to our sponsors:  Dixon Water Foundation, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, River Systems Institute at Texas State University, LCRA, SARA, GBRA, Guadalupe Blanco River Trust, John Newman Family Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Shield-Ayres Foundation, Save the Laja, Inc. honoring Susan Porter Smith, Braun & Gresham, Land Water Sky, Texas Riparian Association and Hill Country Alliance.

The event is free, but space is limited.

Be Remarkable & Register Today.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


By Popular Demand:
Riparian Workshop on Oct 5

If you’ve been unable to attend one of NRA’s Riparian Work-shops or simply want to hone your riparian understanding, the San Antonio River Authority is hosting a special one-day workshop presented by NRA’s riparian teaching team. The workshop is Wed, October 5, 9 am to 4 pm, in the SARA Board Room, 100 E. Guenther, SA 78204. Click here to register for this pre-Summit workshop with Laura Waldrum, SARA Community Relations Coordinator.

One-Hour Webinar

Another way to brush up on riparian principles and values is through a one-hour webinar, Understanding Your Remarkable Riparian Areas led by Sky Jones-Lewey, part of Texas Wildlife Association’s Wildlife for Lunch webinar series. Click here to view the webinar.

PROJECT BLAZING STAR WORK DAYS SLATED FOR JULY 16 (Houston - Hermann Park)

What: Whistlestop Prairie Work Day
When: July 16th, 8am - 11am
Where: Whistlestop Prairie, Hermann Park, Houston, TX

Chris Gray, Texas Master Naturalist, will lead volunteers in a work day at the Whistlestop Prairie in scenic Hermann Park this Saturday, July 16th from 8 am - 11 am. This work day is part of Project Blazing Star, a project focusing on restoring three locations in historic Hermann Park.  Volunteers are needed to remove invasive species from this new, highly visible pocket prairie. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, water, and hat.

PRAIRIE RESTORATION AT HOUSTON AUDUBON’S HORSESHOE MARSH ON JULY 21 (Bolivar Peninsula)

What: Horseshoe Marsh Bird Sanctuary Work Day
When: July 21st
Where: Horseshoe Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Bolivar Peninsula (see below for sanctuary and meeting location)

Tom Solomon and other Texas Master Naturalists will lead a July workday at Horseshoe Marsh Bird Sanctuary near Port Bolivar (about 3 miles north of the ferry on the west (left) side of Route 87) from 9 am to noon on July 21. Sandwiches will be available before the ride home.

Volunteers will leave from southeast Houston by carpool from Home Depot (El Dorado & I-45) departing promptly at 7:30 am traveling to HEB (Texas 646 and I-45) where we will depart at 7:50 AM.  Activities will include planting a small quantity of 1-gallon containers in fairly sandy soil using watering protocol.  The major activity will consist of bumping up seedlings into 1- gallon containers in preparation for a fall planting. This will be accomplished on tables underneath tents to minimize sun exposure.  Please contact Tom Solomon if you plan to attend so sufficient materials (as well as food) will be available.

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